This is my favorite image of the series because of the beautiful foamy wake and late afternoon lighting. But also because of the light against dark and dark against light in the Egret against the water.
Photographed with a Canon 1D X using a 500mm IS II lens and 1.4x TC (at 700mm) and handheld. Settings were f/5.6, 1/2000 sec and ISO-200.
The Snowy Egret is one of my favorite birds to watch fishing on the coast. Much like a shorebird, the Egret follows the water as it pulls back out to sea and looks for prey that washed up with the wave. Once securing its catch, typically small fish, the Egret quickly devours its food while running away from the next wave. It repeats this process while quickly advancing along the beach. So you can imagine that photographing this bird in its hunt is a very active sport. I spent time with this Egret one Saturday at Bonita Beach. Carrying my long lens I would jog along the beach to a point past the Egret. Then I would sit low on the shore and watch as the Egret worked its way and eventually passed me again. Then I would repeat the sequence, much like the Egret. May 7, 2016